The Trial of Mary Stuart
Fotheringhay Castle
15th & 16th October 1586

List of Commissioners appointed by Queen Elizabeth I to hear the charge of treason against Mary Queen of Scots.

[Not all the appointed commissioners attended the trial. The Earl of Leicester, for example, was fighting in the Lowlands and did not return to England until December 1586.]

1. President of the Court – the Lord Chancellor: Sir Thomas Bromley

2. Chief Minister and Lord High Treasurer: 1st Baron Burghley (William Cecil)

3. Archbishop of Canterbury: John Whitgift [probably did not attend the trial]

Viscounts and above in order of precedence:

4. Marquess of Winchester (William Paulet – 3rd Marquess) [probably did not attend]

5. Lord Great Chamberlain: Earl of Oxford (Edward de Vere – 17th Earl)

6. The Earl Marshall: Earl of Shrewsbury (George Talbot – 6th Earl)

7. Earl of Kent (Henry Grey – 6th Earl)

8. Earl of Derby (Henry Stanley – 4th Earl)

9. Earl of Worcester (William Somerset – 3rd Earl)

10. Earl of Rutland (Edward Manners – 3rd Earl)

11. Earl of Cumberland (George Clifford – 3rd Earl)

12. Earl of Warwick (Ambrose Dudley – 3rd Earl)

13. Earl of Pembroke (Henry Herbert – 2nd Earl)

14. Earl of Leicester (Robert Dudley – 1st Earl) [did not attend]

15. Earl of Lincoln (Henry Clinton Fiennes – 2nd Earl of the 8th creation)

16. Viscount Montague (Anthony Browne – 1st Viscount)


17. The Lord High Admiral: Lord Effingham (Charles Howard, later 1st Earl of Nottingham) [did not attend]

18. Lord Hunsdon (Henry Carey) [did not attend]

19. Lord Abergavenny (Henry Nevill)

20. Lord Zouche (Edward la Zouche – the only person to vote against a guilty verdict)

21. Lord Morley (Edward Parker)

22. Lord Cobham (William Brooke)

23. Lord Stafford (Edward Stafford)

24. Lord Grey of Wilton (Arthur Grey)

25. Lord Lumley (John Lumley)

26. Lord Stourton (John Stourton or Sturton)

27. Lord Sandes (William Sandes)

28. Lord Wentworth (Henry Wentworth)

29. Lord Mordant (Lewis Mordant)

30. Lord St John of Bletsho (John St John – a gaoler of Mary Stuart at Tutbury Castle)

31. Lord Buckhurst (Thomas Sackville)

32. Lord Compton (Henry Compton)

33. Lord Chesney (Henry Chesney)

Other Commissioners and Advisers:

34. Sir Francis Knollys: Vice-Chamberlain and a gaoler of Mary Stuart at Bolton and Tutbury Castles.

35. Sir James Croft: former Lord Deputy of Ireland.

36. Sir Christopher Hatton: Vice-Chamberlain.

37. Sir Francis Walsingham: Principal Secretary of State for the South.

38. Sir Ralph Sadler: a gaoler of Mary Stuart.

39. Sir Walter Mildmay: Chancellor of the Exchequer.

40. Sir Amyas Paulet: a gaoler of Mary Stuart, Governor of Jersey and former Ambassador to France.

41. Sir Christopher Wray: Chief Justice of the Queen’s Bench (attended as assessor).

42. Sir Edmund Anderson: Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.

43. Sir Roger Manwood: Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer.

44. Sir Thomas Gawdy: Justice of the Queen’s Bench.

45. John Wolley: secretary for the Latin translation.

46. William Periam: Justice

47. William Davison: Principal Secretary for the North [at Fotheringhay but probably did not participate in the trial]

Mary Queen of Scots makes a brief appearance in Tony Thistlewood's historical novel: When the Time is Ripe

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